Two Journalists Assaulted, Dozens Injured, and Minor Arrested during Protest near Hebron

HEBRON, May 31, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli forces assaulted Saturday Palestinians organizing a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners near al-‘Arroub camp to the north of Hebron, including two journalists, firing rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters, injuring many, said a local activist.

Eyad Hamad, a reporter with Associated Press, told WAFA that soldiers beat him and another reporter working for Al-Quds news website, Adbul-Rahman Younes, and detained them for several hours while they were covering the protest.

Coordinator of PRCS Youths and Voluntees Department Mohammad Badawi also told WAFA that soldiers stormed entrance of al-‘Arroub camp, firing rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters.

Seventeen protesters, including a 12-year-old minor, were injured with rubber-coated bullets and the minor, whose case was described as moderate, was hospitalized. He added that soldiers also arrested a 17-year-old minor.

Palestinian protesters and international activists rallied from al-‘Arroub to Jerusalem-Hebron road, waving Palestinian flags, lifting banners in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners and chanting slogans condemning Israeli practices against prisoners.

They called upon all relevant human rights organizations to intervene and pressurize the Israeli government into releasing Palestinian prisoners.

The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate condemned assaulting the two reporters, Hamad and Younes, and considered this assault as a “persistent suffocation of freedom of press in Palestine by the Israeli occupation authorities.”

Source: WAFA